Is Turmeric Good For You?
Turmeric is an Indian spice related to the ginger plant and boasts many known health benefits. Often misspelled as Tumeric, it’s considered in India to be Holy. In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been used as a treatment for several internal disorders including indigestion, throat infections, common colds, even liver issues. It’s been suggested that turmeric may contribute to the possible slowing down of Alzheimers disease symptems and may be beneficial for the skin.
The main active ingredient in turmeric is Curcumin.
A preliminary trial in people with rheumatoid arthritis found curcumin to be somewhat useful for reducing inflammation and symptoms such as pain and stiffness.8 A separate double-blind trial found that curcumin was superior to placebo or phenylbutazone (an NSAID) for alleviating post-surgical inflammation.
The richer and deeper the colour of your turmeric, the higher the curcumin level but not only that, the less processing has occurred. Turmeric with a curcumin content level of only 1-2% results in a reduction of potential health benefits. This is commonly supermarket-bought turmeric which generally has been highly processed, stripping both the curcumin and volatile (or essential) oils. These oils in turmeric contain chemical compounds which when combined, are responsible for the distinctive aroma and flavour.
Unfortunately, many consumers of turmeric for health reasons also don’t realise that this spice is not readily absorbed into the blood stream. For this reason it’s advised to consume with black pepper. Piperine is the alkaloid responsible for the pungency of black pepper and in conjuction with a little fat source (such as coconut or olive oil), this allows the curcumin to be more readily absorbed.
As well as the noted health benefits, turmeric is also a delicious spice known as the Queen of Spices, and is commonly used in Indian cuisine.
However, it doesn’t stop there. It’s growth in popularity has now seen it incorporated into many foods/recipes of all cuisines, both savoury and sweet dishes, and it’s even used in cafes to create the very trendy Turmeric, or Golden Latte.
It’s quite simple to include more Organic Turmeric into your diet. You can add it to smoothies, and shakes, even include it in baking. We recently whipped up a Coconut Turmeric Fruit Pot, it was so quick and easy:
- Add desired quantity of turmeric to coconut yoghurt and blend well
- Layer turmeric yoghurt and your fruit of choice
- Top with fruit
- Sprinkle with a little turmeric